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Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson keen to raise polio awareness
2:55pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson is joining Parliament’s bid to raise awareness of polio.
Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords will gather on October 22 to discuss combating the disease.
It was eradicated in the UK in the 1980s, but it is still endemic in some countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Mr Stephenson said it was important to support dedicated charities in their work across the developing world.
He said: “This kind of event is vital in raising awareness of polio.
“Even though it was eradicated in Britain 30 years ago, by attending events like these, I hope me and my colleagues can see what we can do to support organisations, such as Global Poverty Project UK, in the important work they do.”
“The human cost of polio is unacceptable, and by raising awareness we can combat the spread of the disease, and wipe it out all together.”
Polio was declared an emergency for global public health by the World Health Assembly in May this year.